Conversation between Nestor Arenas y Dennys Matos

Veronica Cuesta Visual Arts

December 14th, 7 p.m.

Conversation between Nestor Arenas and Dennys Matos. 

“Transformers Landscapes III” is the title of the solo exhibition by the artist Nestor Arenas (Havana, Cuba, 1964), consisting of paintings, photographs, sculptures and videos created between 2012 and 2017. The exhibition reflects on the future of Cuban culture and society after the failure of the communist utopia of the Revolution and the new socio-cultural scenario opened by the normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States.

The exhibition tends to describe two great figures, two large semantic groups: one country with two city-states, with two polis, two walled cities; one that blocks the future and the other the past. Two city-states with political, economic and symbolic imaginaries, and their search for a common language, a new artistic dialect made from the rest, the ruins of both the communist society (Havana) and the post-industrial capitalism (Miami). A new artistic dialect configured from the mixture of two feelings with antithetical temporalities: nostalgia and hope. Communism thought of itself as the radical future, the future towards which all History times converged and ran out too. Therefore, thinking about the post of post-communism of Cuban society and culture, designates rather a different way to stand before the past. Is accepted, on the one hand, the irrevocable fact of what has been, the two cities-walled states, traces of the Cold War as a story of “inevitable” bipolarity of Cuban geopolitics. On the other hand, the imaging of alternative scenarios to the past, it is about discovering new possibilities in itself. To discover in the rubble of both systems, communism and postindustrial capitalism, have generated new forms of coexistence, new languages, new artistic imaginaries; eternal desire for return and eternal desire for change: wanting everything back, but like it has never been.

Free admission.

The exhibition will be on view until December 23rd 2016.